In April, 2005 while serving as the President of two Dayton charter schools, Ron Adler embarked on a series of trips to Columbus to meet policymakers and advocate on behalf of charter schools. He quickly learned that there was no aggressive organization fighting on behalf of public charter schools and the thousands of children they educate.
Adler saw the need to build a Grassroots advocacy organization that would provide a strong representation for charter schools, children and their parents. He stepped down as a director of the Dayton school boards and organized the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education (OCQE) in August 2005.
Working with legislators from both sides of the aisle, the Ohio Department of Education, members of the State Board of Education and media, OCQE has gained respect and recognition as the leading voice for public charter schools in Ohio.